Well, that’s 2010 gone, so what happened from a Read Raw point of view. Quite a lot actually. One of our major involvements was brought about by the Tannahill celebrations in Paisley. Read Raw were involved in organising five open mic events throughout Paisley culminating in the final event at Paisley Arts Centre. All were well attended and a number of local poet’s emerged and read their work.
We also set up a “Poetry Wall” in the Paisley Centre where poems by Tannahill, poems inspired by Tannahill, poems by local people and schoolchildren were displayed in the windows of a vacant shop unit.
An interactive display was also set up in Paisley Museum and Art Gallery which included selected poetry from the Wall and local schools.
Read Raw Press also published “The Soldiers Return” by Jim Ferguson.
On National Poetry Day we tied up with Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival reading our own work in the Paisley Centre. This was followed by a successful poetry workshop.
For Glasgow Poetry Week we organised an event titled Poetry in the Raw at the Cafe Hula in Hope Street in Glasgow. We added a competition to spice up the evening which was won by Tracy Patrick The prize was a £30 book token from Books in the West - the bookshop in West Kilbride run by our own Mo Blake.
GW and Wullie managed to get to the final of The Scotia Bar Poet Laureate competition, losing out to one of our Featured Poets, Jim Ferguson, who was outstanding on the night.
Among other things Ian had three poems accepted - "Before We Meet", "The Faerie Stones" and "Meet Ze Monsta" - by three US magazines. His review of "Vampire Empire 1: The Greyfriar" appeared in the the latest issue of "Interzone" which is the UK's leading science fiction and fantasy magazine, and the latest issue of the British Fantasy Society's magazine "Dark Horizons" appeared in February for which Ian is poetry editor. The Dark Horizon guidelines can be found at :-http://www.britishfantasysociety.org.uk/index.php/bfs-publications/dark-horizons/dh-guidelines
What else happened? Well GW, Ian and Mo all read at two Word Dogs events in Glasgow; GW was delighted to be invited to contribute a poem to Jack Hastie's collection 'Diamonds in the Mind' and to be part of poets against the government cuts in 'Emergency Verse' He also had work published
Not to be outdone, Mo performed at various venues including Stranraer, The Ivory in Glasgow and read her own work at a performance evening for the West Kilbride Poetry Circle.
In addition we attended on a 'when we could manage basis' as visitors or performing at Weegie Wednesday, Poetry at The Ivory, Café Hula, Mirrorball and anywhere else we could get to.